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  1. #981

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    Hi Sweep,

    Australian Instructional Corps 1930-42 Officers Insignia set

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    Australian Instructional Corps OR Collars

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    I'll still run with paint

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    Standard finish on the bottom set as opposed to subdued (blackened) on the top set. The top set are painted. The black paint gets dried through age and exposure and appears to be a blue enamelled finish.

    Hope this helps you a tad mate

    All the best

    Dave

  2. #982

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    Thanks Dave ~ for the Heads up !

    Makes perfectly good sense re the patina fade ~

    Seems this is a close as I am about to get to a specific Unit badge ~ but then ~ I will not resign myself over the issue ~ a bit like the (intact) .50 cal and Boys .55 rounds ~ which I believe WILL appear sooner or later as we find the projectiles and the cases ~

    What comes up will come up!

  3. #983

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    I made an inquiry to the Curators of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra ~ regarding my "Blue" Rising Sun ~

    The reply came back today ~

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    Dear Stuart


    Thank you for your enquiry.


    I passed it onto our Conservation staff who made the following comment:



    “I would say the blue is copper/sulphur corrosion products. The collar and hat Rising Sun hat badges were typically patinated using sulphur compounds to give the dark brown colour. In the right environmental conditions the brown copper sulphides can change to bright blue copper sulphides or sulphates.”



    Additionally, we do not note any raised enclosures around the apparent “enamelled” section. Enamelled uses heated glass powder which flows, when super-heated, into the design and is corralled by a raised border to stop it escaping into areas not to be enamelled. It would appear too, that, once cleaned, this blue has disappeared – this would not happen with enamelling.



    Overall, then, we suggest you have standard collar badges which were chemically darkened during manufacturing (most badges designed for operational use were darkened), and that this process, combined with time and climate, has been proved responsible for the blue copper sulphate colour evident on the badges.



    I hope this is of assistance



    Best regards


    Chris Goddard

    Assistant Curator

    Military Heraldry & Technology



    I can confidently say ~ "Dave you were ~ perhaps~ right first time around ~

    Hats off to you mate ~

  4. #984

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    Here's my completed 1930-1942 Militia Infantry Battalion insignia sets as promised.

    19th Battalion "The South Sydney Regiment" New South Wales

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    22nd Battalion 'The South Gippsland Regiment" Victoria

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    24th Battalion "The Kooyong Regiment" Victoria

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    32nd Battalion "The Footscray Regiment" Victoria

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    33rd Battalion "The New England Regiment" New South Wales

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    39th Battalion "The Hawthorn Kew Regiment" Victoria

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    40th Battalion 'The Derwent Regiment" Tasmania

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    43rd Battalion "The Hindmarsh Regiment" Victoria

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    48th Battalion "The Torrens Regiment" South Australia/Victoria

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    49th Battalion "The Stanley Regiment" Queensland

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    57th Battalion "The Merri Regiment" Victoria

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    60th Battalion "The Heidleberg Regiment" Victoria

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    61st Battalion "The Queensland Cameron Highlanders Regiment" Queensland

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    Nothing to flash but I hunt these down as cheaply as possible instead of paying retail prices. Which are over the top at present IMO.

    And a set of 59th Battalion "The Hume Regiment" collars which haven't been posted before.

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    I'll take new image's of my the collar pairs next and re post them.

    Good to see you have an outcome to the "blue" GS collar Stu.

    Until then all the best

    Dave

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    I bought a small lot of Australian 'modern' badges just to add an element of the contemporary badges to my humble collection ~

    ( I thank Dave for scrutinising the lot for me, to verify originality ~ )

    ( Please excuse the German armoured badge ! Also part of the parcel )

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  6. #986

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    G'day all,
    Something a little special, well I think it is being a Taswegian.
    Headquarters Tasmania Force June 42-April 43. Formed by redesignation of HQ Tasmania L of C area in June 1942 and reverted back to this title on 29.4.1943. Performed both an operational and L of C headquarters role during its existence which was only around 10 months. A super rare patch.

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    Stoked with this one for sure.

    All the best

    Dave

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    Salute to our Aussie Collecting Friends for all the great items posted here and to their armed forces in WWII.

    Semper Fi

    Rossi


    War Relics Forum Sponsor
    My Collection: www.tothehiltmilitaria.com

  8. #988

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    Quote by Rossi View Post
    Salute to our Aussie Collecting Friends for all the great items posted here and to their armed forces in WWII.

    Semper Fi

    Rossi
    Thanks for the kind words Rossi. Appreciated mate for sure.
    All the best to you

    Dave

  9. #989

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    Gday all,
    17th Battalion "The North Sydney Regiment" NSW set

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    And a single 1930-1942 Australian Army Survey Corps collar

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    All the best

    Dave

  10. #990

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    Never even seen the Survey Corps one before!

    Thanks Dave.
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